Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Physician Needed in San Antonio, Texas
Cardiology Non Invasive
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Methodist Hospital, San Antonio, TX
Chartered in 1955, Methodist Hospital is the pioneer facility of the now world-renowned South Texas Medical Center. Opened in 1963, Methodist Hospital has grown to be the flagship facility of the Methodist Healthcare System, San Antonio’s largest and most preferred health care provider. Methodist Hospital maintains this excellent reputation with a commitment to the hospital’s value statement that defines quality as meeting the customer’s needs by exceeding their expectations. With nearly 900 beds, Methodist Hospital offers a broad range of specialties including cardiology, oncology, emergency medicine, neurosciences, maternity care, gynecology and orthopedics.
Methodist Hospital is San Antonio’s largest private hospital, as well as the largest provider of health care to rural communities in South Texas and international patients from Mexico.
In late 1998, Methodist Hospital opened the Gamma Knife Center, the only one of its kind in San Antonio and South Texas. The Gamma Knife offers new radiosurgical technology designed exclusively for the non-invasive treatment of malignant and benign brain tumors, vascular malformations, and other neurological disorders.
Methodist Hospital offers many advanced imaging technologies that provide clear, detailed x-rays so physicians can diagnose and treat their patients’ diseases. These tools include magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), 3T magnetic resonance imaging, computerized tomography (CT), positron emission tomography (PET), cerebral angiography and picture arching and communications systems (PACS). PACS captures images through the computer instead of on x-ray film. As a result, physicians with the PACS software installed on their computers can view x-rays in their office, from several locations within the hospital and even from home, providing faster and more convenient access to their patients’ x-rays.
Approximately 2,000 physicians representing virtually all medical specialties comprise the Methodist’s medical staff. It also maintains one of the highest nurse-to-patient ratios in the Southwest.
Hospital Fast Facts:
Job SummaryAdvanced Heart Failure & Cardiac Transplant Physician Opportunity
- BC in Cardiology, BC/BE in Advanced Heart Failure/Cardiac Transplant
- Two (2) years post fellowship experience
- Certified in cath and echo, and preferably TEE certified
- Service includes heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, pre- and post-transplant and VAD patients, in addition to ECMO patients, in ICU or on telemetry. For the most part, physician will be at one hospital, but patients are often in other hospitals across the city as well.
- Average inpatient census is 15-20, Average # transplants/yr 25, Average # VADs/yr 15. Use both HeartMate II and HeartWare LVADs, CentriMag short-term VADs, Impella and Impella RP percutaneous VADs, and ECMO.
Methodist Heart Hospital consistently performs more open heart surgeries than any other hospital in San Antonio, making it the busiest program in the region.
Heart Transplant Program
The Heart Transplant Program at Methodist Heart Hospital is certified by both Medicare and Medicaid. The program recently celebrated 25 years of service, and has performed over 300 heart transplants and over 100 cardiac assist device implantations to date. The program includes a comprehensive advanced heart failure and pulmonary hypertension disease management clinic. In this setting medical therapy is optimized prior to determination if a heart transplant is needed. With more than 10 years of experience in using cardiac assist device therapy, Methodist Heart Hospital’s heart transplant program utilizes Thoratec, HeartMate and Abiomed devices to help patients survive while awaiting transplant. The assist devices also have been effective in helping patients’ hearts heal so they no longer need a transplant. The program is the only Medicare and Joint Commission approved center in the region for patients needing long-term cardiac assist device therapy.
Comprehensive Heart Services
Methodist Heart Hospital features three cardiac catheterization labs, two electro physiology labs, four dedicated cardiovascular operating suites, a 12-bed Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and a 14-bed Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care Unit, all equipped with the latest innovative technology. In addition, a cardiac catheterization holding area for patients allows for easy access to the cath labs and immediate post-procedure care.
Cardiac Observation Unit
The Cardiac Observation Unit is a unique feature of Methodist Heart Hospital. Giving patients the opportunity to be under the care of physicians and specially trained nurses when a patient is experiencing heart-related problems but a diagnosis remains undetermined. This six-bed unit can accommodate a patient for up to 23 hours while physicians wait for test results to make a diagnosis and treatment plan. This unit provides a calmer environment for the patient once they’ve been evaluated in the emergency department.
Every Methodist Heart Hospital staff member is fully trained in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) in addition to the basic CPR and cardiac life support training, raising the standard of patient care for our heart patients.
Early Heart Attack Care Program
Methodist Heart Hospital features an Early Heart Attack Care Program, offering access to an accredited Chest Pain Center in the Emergency Department. The Chest Pain Center provides diagnostic services that allow for rapid evaluation of patients experiencing heart attack symptoms. A group of emergency room physicians, nurses, cardiologists and technicians work as a team to establish a comprehensive management plan for patients with chest pain. Methodist Healthcare has been recognized for exceeding the national standards for rapid evaluation and treatment in emergency cardiac care - from patient’s time of arrival to a completed angioplasty.
Heart Transplant Program
Methodist Heart Hospital’s heart transplant program is certified by both Medicare and Medicaid. The program recently celebrated 25 years of service, and has performed over 300 heart transplants and over 100 cardiac assist device implantations to date. The program includes a comprehensive advanced heart failure and pulmonary hypertension disease management clinic where medical therapy is optimized prior to determination if heart transplantation is indicated.
Cardiac Assist Devices
With more than 10 years of experience in using cardiac assist device therapy, Methodist Heart Hospital’s heart transplant program utilizes Thoratec, HeartMate and Abiomed devices to help patients survive while awaiting transplant. The assist devices also have been effective in helping patients’ hearts heal so they no longer need a transplant. The program is the only Medicare and Joint Commission approved center in the region for patients needing long-term cardiac assist device therapy.
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